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Death spurs recall of infant travel beds

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Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:27 am

WASHINGTON – A children’s safety equipment manufacturer has agreed to recall about 220,000 infant travel beds after reports of one infant’s death and nine others entrapped or distressed while inside the portable sleep tents.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall in cooperation with KidCo of Libertyville, Ill., early Friday after determining that an infant could roll between the bed’s air mattress and the tent’s fabric sides, raising the danger of suffocation.

The Pea Pod Travel Crib has an air mattress that fits into a zippered pocket in the floor of the domed tent, which collapses for easy transport. But if the mattress is placed in the floor of the tent, an infant’s head could lodge between the mattress and the tent’s side, making breathing impossible.

That’s what’s believed to have happened to a 5-month-old New York City baby, who was put in the travel crib with his twin sister for a nap while visiting family in December 2011.

For more information, consumers can call KidCo toll-free at 1-855-847-8600 between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or visit the company's website at www.kidco.com and click on "recall info" to receive the kit.